An Analysis of Human Error Mode and Type in the Railway Accidents and Incidents

철도 사고 및 장애의 인적오류 유형 분석

  • Ko, Jong-Hyun (Control Technology Research Institute, Samchang Enterprise Co., Ltd.) ;
  • Jung, Won-Dea (Integrated Risk Assessment Center, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute) ;
  • Kim, Jae-Whan (Integrated Risk Assessment Center, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute)
  • 고종현 (삼창기업(주) 제어기술연구소) ;
  • 정원대 (한국원자력연구원 종합안전평가연구센터) ;
  • 김재환 (한국원자력연구원 종합안전평가연구센터)
  • Published : 2007.08.31


Human error is one of the major contributors to the railway accidents or incidents. In order to develop an effective countermeasure to remove or reduce human errors, a systematic analysis should be preferentially performed to identify their causes, characteristics, and types of human error induced in accidents or incidents. This paper introduces a case study for human error analysis of the railway accidents and incidents. For the case study, more than 1,000 domestic railway accidents or incidents that happened during the year of 2004 have been investigated and a detailed error analysis was performed on the selected 90 cases, which were obviously caused by human error. This paper presents a classification structure for human error analysis, and summarizes the analysis results such as causes of the events, error modes and types, related worker, and task type.



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